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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released March 25, 2014 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 3, 2015 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 5, 1998 | Naxos

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique
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Classical - Released October 7, 2013 | Actes Sud Musicales

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Solo Piano - Released October 20, 2017 | Paraty Productions

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Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - Recommandé par Classica
Federico Mompou outlived most of his generation, yet his work remained obscure and did not receive much attention until after his death in 1987. Mompou's rarefied music remained true to its origins in Catalan song and the French styles he adopted in his youth -- alternating between lyrical simplicity and impressionistic wonderment. Many of the pieces in Música callada (1959-1967) bear similarities to Satie, but the greater influence of Debussy is apparent in the music, which is often spiced with added-note harmonies and polychords of ambiguous tonality. While the Primer cuaderno is thoroughly modal and placid, the Segundo cuaderno offers more chromatic possibilities, and Mompou indulges in some unsettling, dense passages reminiscent of late Scriabin. The Tercer cuaderno and the Cuarto cuaderno are both quieter, mingling brief, song-like phrases with widely spaced pitches that are allowed to ring in sonorous haloes. Mompou's own performance of this work is controlled yet passionate, within the narrow bounds he set out in the music. The volume rarely rises to fortissimo, but even at the softest dynamics, Mompou plays in an intense reverie that is compelling. The sound of this disc is clear and full, and only a minimal amount of tape hiss is audible in the softest passages. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 9 de Répertoire - Recommandé par Classica
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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | IBS Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 2009 | Zefir Records

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Classical - Released June 27, 2002 | Naxos

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Classical - Released November 9, 1999 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 24, 1984 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released April 5, 2011 | Steinway and Sons

Federico Mompou wrote the 28 brief piano pieces that make up the four volumes of his Música Callada (Silent Music) between 1959 and 1967, but they could easily be mistaken for a product of the first decade of the century. The influence of Satie and Debussy is pronounced, but the music has an idiosyncratic individuality that keeps it from being mistaken for the work of either of those composers. The composer traced his aesthetic in part to his memories of the sound of bells when he was a child, and it's not hard to hear the influence of bell-like sonorities in Música Callada. The music doesn't follow the conventions of traditional tonality, but Mompou is discreet in the use of dissonance and the result is very gentle music that is not always clearly directional but is easy on the ear. Each of the miniatures is beautifully structured and proportioned, and even though most of them are slow and quiet, Mompou finds infinite ways to create slow, quiet moods without sounding redundant. The set, which lasts about 70 minutes, should make for very pleasant listening for fans of pastel keyboard music flavored with touches of impressionism and gentle modernism. The performance by Jenny Lin tends to be on the loud side, with greater dynamic contrasts than are usual for the work. Just hearing her playing, without knowing the title of the piece, it's doubtful that many listeners would guess Silent Music was an appropriate title. On some levels, Lin's performance works on its own terms; her tone is lovely, and her phrasing supple and flexible. Her wide dynamic range, however, makes the piece sound more conventional than the composer seems to have intended; the aura of distant mystery that a very quiet performance can produce is missing, as well as the composer's apparent intention to flout tradition by writing a work of this length within an unusually circumscribed dynamic range. The sound of the Steinway & Sons recording is immaculate, but a little on the bright side. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 1, 1995 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released June 8, 2018 | Piano Classics

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Mompou, vers le ciel

Encore méconnue de ce côté-ci des Pyrénées, pourtant enregistrée intégralement par le compositeur chez Ensago (remarquable maison espagnole), l'oeuvre pour piano de Mompou témoigne d'une quête de l'épuration extrême, de la simplicité absolue, et d'une sensibilité intense. Peu de pianiste s'y frottent, tant cette oeuvre exige une concentration maximale, des ressources poétiques illimitées. Sa grande oeuvre, Musica Callada, succession de mignatures presque insaisissables, demeure encore peu enregistrée, en dépit des excellentes réalisations de Javier Perianes (Harmonia Mundi), Herbert Henck (ECM).

PLUS DE MUSIQUE DE FEDERICO MOMPOU